Experience – Vistalba – Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
- Address: Roque Saenz Peña 3531, Departamento de Luján de Cuyo, Vistalba, Mendoza, Argentina (Google Maps)
- Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- How to Arrive: By car
- Distance from Mendoza: 20.4 km / 12.67 miles
- Vistalba Website
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone Number: +54 261 498-9400
- Ideal Month(s): October – May
Vistalba was built in 2002 by Carlos Pulenta, one of the most well known innovators in the Argentina wine industry. Carlos built Vistalba, mimicking the Bordeaux chateaux model, which aims to create sophisticated blends with incredible aging potential. All wines are sourced from the sub-appellation of Vistalba in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza.
Vistalba harvests its grapes manually, filtering stems and berries twice before selection. The winery has been designed in such a way that the whole winemaking process is gravity induced without the use of pumps. The concrete fermentation tanks were designed by Carlos Pulenta himself. Inside the tank walls there are water pipes that can circulate cold or hot water. The temperatures of the water are computer controlled. The main advantages of this system are thermal inertia and micro-oxygenation. Two French wooden barrels are used for the best selected grapes destined to Blend A. After being bottled, the wines rest in an underground cellar which constitutes the heart of the winery itself. Wines rest there in French oak casks in a temperature controlled room with a temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit and 80% relative humidity; ideal conditions for wine.
Vistalba is Carlos’ personal venture into making premium wines. The Tomero Reserva Petit Verdot is undoubtedly one of Argentina’s best single varietals.